Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 13 April 2013 - 05:37pm IST
Preview : Match 18 – RR vs KXIP
RR hold psychological edge over KXIP
The Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab will cross swords in Match 18 of Pepsi IPL 2013.
The Rajasthan Royals have won two of their three matches this season, while Kings XI Punjab lie one place below them with one win in two outings. While RR will be keen to make the most of playing at home and firm up their position among the top four teams, Kings XI Punjab will want to make up for the defeat they suffered in their home match at the hands of Chennai Super Kings with a victory in this match.
Sunday, April 14, 2013, 8 p.m
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
The Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab may not start as favourites, but they generally punch above their weight and are capable of causing upsets on a regular basis.
Batting is certainly the stronger of disciplines for the hosts; they will expect experienced batsmen – Shane Watson, Rahul Dravid, Ajinkya Rahane and Brad Hodge to power them with big scores. On the other hand, Kings XI Punjab have a very good bowling line-up and they will expect Praveen Kumar, Parvinder Awana, Azhar Mahmood, Ryan Harris and Piyush Chawla to cause a lot of damage with the ball and hope skipper Adam Gilchrist and David Hussey can make big contributions with the bat while the Indian batsmen play around them.
The Rajasthan Royals have the best record among all the teams who’ve played against Kings XI Punjab; they have a success rate of 66.67% having won six off the nine meetings. The Rajasthan Royals defeated Kings XI Punjab when the two teams met in the league phase last season.
Teams chasing have had better results at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. They’ve won 17 of the 26 matches played at the venue.
The Rajasthan Royals will stay put at home after this match and next host the Mumbai Indians on April 17. Kings XI Punjab meanwhile head back home and prepare to host the Kolkata Knight Riders on April 16.